Elmwood park zoo tiger

A Montgomery County zoo will be adding an exhibit for the largest cat in the world after receiving a donation from a garbage collection service. The Elmwood Park Zoo announced Thursday the J.P. Mascaro & Sons Foundation donated $2 million for the addition of a brand new Amur tiger exhibit.

Amur tigers, also known as Siberian tigers, are the largest cats in the world and are a highly threatened species.

The Elmwood Park Zoo says the tigers can still be found in parts of the forest in eastern Russia, parts of China, and possibly North Korea.

China tigers

China is using cutting-edge technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and big data to monitor endangered Amur tigers and leopards, experts said at the International Forum on Tiger and Leopard Transboundary Conservation in Harbin, Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province on Sunday.

“Infrared cameras, AI and big data have helped us improve the establishment of a database of Amur tigers and leopards,” Jiang Guangshun, a deputy director of the Natural Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA), said at the forum.

“For example, the infrared camera can detect the tiger, and then AI will help analyze the tiger species, the weight and height, which will be marked in the database.”

Jiang noted the number of Amur tigers and leopards is increasing under the protection of China.

Baraboo tiger

Circus World tiger trainer Ryan Holder plans to introduce two new members of his family this weekend at his second annual after-hours fundraiser to help protect wild tigers.

Born in a United States zoo, two 8-month-old female tigers have joined the eight other cats in Holder’s ShowMe Tigers “family.”

They will make their public debut during “An Evening with Tigers” Saturday at Baraboo’s circus museum in celebration of Global Tiger Day. Tickets to the event are $50 apiece, with all of the proceeds donated to the International Elephant Foundation for its patrolling activities in Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia, Holder said.

Dead Malayan tiger

The Malayan tiger captured in a village in Dungun, Terengganu after it was spotted strolling casually has died from the canine distemper virus, the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) said today.

In a statement, the department said the tiger, named Awang Besul, sported injuries to its legs and an eye infection. It was also dehydrated when it was captured.

The Malayan Tiger was transferred to the National Wildlife Rescue Centre (NWRC) in Sungkai, for intensive treatment from Perhilitan’s veterinary doctor, and was quarantined.

“Observations at the NWRC between July 20 to July 23 show neurological symptoms. It was not aggressive, walking in circles, experienced seizures and had nasal discharge.

“After various efforts to treat and save Awang Besul, we are saddened to inform that at 5.30am, Awang Besul was confirmed dead at the NWRC by Perhilitan’s veterinary doctor, and a post-mortem would be conducted soon,” said Perhilitan.

tiger Six flags

Over the past twelve years, Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson has imported dozens of animals, from antelopes to tigers to zebras, sometimes through donation and sometimes through outright purchase, to support its popular safari.

But at least nine of those imports may have been illegal, according to federal communications and records, because the park operated without a valid Captive Bred Wildlife (CBW) permit.

A CBW permit is required for the interstate trade of exotic animals listed as endangered or threatened in the wild, and born in captivity in the United States, according to David Favre, who teaches animal law at Michigan State University. The permit, issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act, allows the park to specifically buy and sell African elephants, Siberian tigers and red lechwes, a type of antelope known for their long, spiraled horns, as long as the trade is done for the survival of the species.

Yet there appears to be a gaping hole in the park’s permit history: Federal records show no evidence of any CBW permit on file since 2007. The last permit on file for Six Flags expired in 2007, according to separate state records.

Ice treats tigers

As a sweltering heat bore down on the Chicago area last week, Brookfield Zoo gave some of its residents what were essentially animal-sized versions of freeze pops to help them keep cool.

The biggest treats went to the zoo’s polar and grizzly bears, who received massive 300-pound blocks of ice filled with a variety of fruit. Animal care staff also provided icy treats to the zoo’s sloth bears, an Amur tiger and a rhinoceros.

Perhilitan tiger director

The 40ha National Tiger Conservation Centre (NTCC) in Lanchang, Pahang, is scheduled for completion and will begin operations by the end of the year.

Wildlife Protection and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) director-general Datuk Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim said the RM15 million centre, located near the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, was 90 per cent completed.

“According to plans, tigers in animal-human conflict that are caught will be taken to the National Wildlife Rescue Centre (NWRC) in Sungkai, Perak, first to be treated, before they are transferred to NTCC prior to being returned to their natural habitat,” he said after a public lecture on managing wildlife at University Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) here.

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